Ricardo Semler: Radical wisdom for a company, a school, a life

Ricardo Semler: Radical wisdom for a company, a school, a life

On Mondays and Thursdays, I learn how to die. I call them my terminal days. My wife Fernanda doesn’t like the term, but a lot of people in my family died of melanoma cancer and my parents and grandparents had it. And I kept thinking, one day I could be sitting in front of a […]

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Bring on the learning revolution! | Ken Robinson

Bring on the learning revolution! | Ken Robinson

I was here four years ago, and I remember, at the time, that the talks weren’t put online. I think they were given to TEDsters in a box, a box set of DVDs, which they put on their shelves, where they are now. (Laughter) And actually, Chris called me a week after I’d given my […]

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A musical that examines black identity in the 1901 World’s Fair | Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin

A musical that examines black identity in the 1901 World’s Fair | Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin

The archive. One may envision rooms and shelves stocked with boxes and cartons of old stuff. And yet, for those who are patient enough to dig through it, the archive provides the precious opportunity to touch the past, to feel and learn from the experiences of once-living people who now seem dead and buried deeply […]

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Mind-blowing stage sculptures that fuse music and technology | Es Devlin

Mind-blowing stage sculptures that fuse music and technology | Es Devlin

These are sequences from a play called “The Lehman Trilogy,” which traces the origins of Western capitalism in three hours, with three actors and a piano. And my role was to create a stage design to write a visual language for this work. The play describes Atlantic crossings, Alabama cotton fields, New York skylines, and […]

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The magic of Fibonacci numbers | Arthur Benjamin

The magic of Fibonacci numbers | Arthur Benjamin

So why do we learn mathematics? Essentially, for three reasons: calculation, application, and last, and unfortunately least in terms of the time we give it, inspiration. Mathematics is the science of patterns, and we study it to learn how to think logically, critically and creatively, but too much of the mathematics that we learn in […]

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Shimon Schocken: The self-organizing computer course

Shimon Schocken: The self-organizing computer course

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Morton Bast So, this is my grandfather, Salman Schocken, who was born into a poor and uneducated family with six children to feed, and when he was 14 years old, he was forced to drop out of school in order to help put bread on the table. He never went back […]

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The magic of truth and lies (and iPods) | Marco Tempest

The magic of truth and lies (and iPods) | Marco Tempest

So the type of magic I like, and I’m a magician, is magic that uses technology to create illusions. So I would like to show you something I’ve been working on. It’s an application that I think will be useful for artists — multimedia artists in particular. It synchronizes videos across multiple screens of mobile […]

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The math and magic of origami | Robert Lang

The math and magic of origami | Robert Lang

My talk is “Flapping Birds and Space Telescopes.” And you would think that should have nothing to do with one another, but I hope by the end of these 18 minutes, you’ll see a little bit of a relation. It ties to origami. So let me start. What is origami? Most people think they know […]

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Brain magic | Keith Barry

Brain magic | Keith Barry

Brain magic. What’s brain magic all about? Brain magic to me indicates that area of magic dealing with psychological and mind-reading effects. So unlike traditional magic, it uses the power of words, linguistic deception, non-verbal communication and various other techniques to create the illusion of a sixth sense. I’m going to show you all how […]

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Kiran Bedi: How I remade one of India’s toughest prisons

Kiran Bedi: How I remade one of India’s toughest prisons

Now I’m going to give you a story. It’s an Indian story about an Indian woman and her journey. Let me begin with my parents. I’m a product of this visionary mother and father. Many years ago, when I was born in the ’50s — ’50s and ’60s didn’t belong to girls in India. They […]

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